Archive for the ‘Marriage & Sexuality’ Category

Marriage & Sexuality, Religious Right Research

Over the weekend, Washington was slammed by a treacherous snowstorm that dumped two feet of snow in some areas.

Since I grew up in Ohio and went to college in Syracuse, N.Y., the snow didn’t really bother me much. But for others here, the blizzard was a difficult experience.

It apparently was very rough for Bishop Harry Jackson Jr. of […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality, Religion in Public Life, Religious Discrimination

Some years ago, I attended a press conference held by notorious anti-abortion zealot Randall Terry. There weren’t many people at the event, and afterward Terry asked me where I was from.

When I told him I worked at Americans United, he replied, “You and Barry Lynn had better watch it – you’re going to hell!”

I rolled my eyes and […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality

It’s always fun to report on church-state victories, and yesterday, we had a big one.

The District of Columbia Council voted 11-2 to permit same-sex couples to marry in the nation’s capital. And despite threats from the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, the council refused to unduly broaden the measure’s religious exemption, which already adequately protected religious freedom.

The D.C. same-sex […] Read More

Family Research Council, Marriage & Sexuality, Religious Right Research

Some members of the clergy in Washington, D.C., are angry because the city council will no longer automatically do what they want.

As The Washington Post reports today, clergy in the nation’s capital are used to having their calls returned promptly; they expect the council to be responsive to their demands.

That may be changing. A battle over legalizing […] Read More

Health Care Reform, Marriage & Sexuality, Religion and politics

The New York Times today reported on a sad and worrisome situation in Vallejo, Calif.

Though the community faces a financial crisis, much like the rest of the country, The Times asserts the town is also struggling because “its political system increasingly reflects the influence of evangelical churches.”

The story provides several examples where this influence can be seen, particularly […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality, Religious Right Research, Rick Scarborough

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of the Religious Right. Through my work at Americans United, I’ve opposed this movement for 22 years and have written three books challenging the Religious Right’s perspective.

I don’t believe that everyone who holds Religious Right views is a bad person. But I would be remiss in my duties if I failed […] Read More

Health Care Reform, Marriage & Sexuality

As we start off this week, the debate over reproductive rights restrictions in the U.S. House’s proposed health-care legislation continues to rage.

Last Tuesday, my colleague Rob Boston blogged about how the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops succeeded in including an amendment to the health-care bill that bars insurance companies that receive any government subsidies (including those participating in […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality, Religion and politics, Religion in Public Life

When I picked up my Washington Post at the breakfast table this morning, the first thing I saw was a blaring headline reading, “Catholic Church gives D.C. ultimatum.” All I could think was, “This ought to be good.”

And indeed it was. Church officials are angry over pending legislation in Washington, D.C., that will curb discrimination against gays and […] Read More

Marriage & Sexuality

It appears Cyprus is to the Middle East what Las Vegas is to the United States.

Well, sort of. Just as Sin City has become the destination for many American nuptials, Cyprus apparently has a booming wedding industry as well – but for a completely different reason.

According to today’s Washington Times, “In the Middle East, civil marriage doesn’t […] Read More

Family Research Council, Focus On The Family, Marriage & Sexuality, Religion in Public Schools, Religious Right Research, Tony Perkins

I endured my second Values Voter Summit over the weekend, and as my colleague Rob Boston shared with you yesterday, it was an interesting time.

Like Rob, I was subjected to some crazy Religious Right rants and raves. But it doesn’t upset me that much any more. After all, I’ve read or heard most of them before, and the […] Read More

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